New York Shopping #1

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Bon c’est pas tout ça mais j’avais promis de vous montrer mes emplettes New-Yorkaises!! (et j’ai quelques bonnes addresses pour celles que ça intéresse… ce sera dans le prochain billet )

Alors voici le résultat des courses!

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Kid Mohair, Baby Alpaga, ruban à éléphants trop joli, et tuerie de tissu motifs faons psychédéliques!!

Kid Mohair, Baby Alpaga, ruban à éléphants trop joli, et tuerie de tissu motifs faons psychédéliques!!

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Et un gros plans parce que bon, peut-être que vous n’aviez pas bien vu?

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Regardez moi ces yeux, franchement! Et les champi hallucinogènes à côté!

Regardez moi ces yeux, franchement! Et les champi hallucinogènes à côté!

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Je craque pour ce petit motif éléphants

Je craque pour ce petit motif éléphants

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Tout ça je l’ai trouvé à Brooklyn, dans une boutique absolument géniale — plus de détails dans mon prochain post. Et mon butin du Upper East Side, le voilà:

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Organic cotton de Blue Sky Alpacas... rhaaaaa

Organic cotton de Blue Sky Alpacas... rhaaaaa

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Du mérinos Malabrigo (le rose -- même laine que mon Trendy Châle -- et du Organic Cotton (encore!)

Du mérinos Malabrigo (le rose -- même laine que mon Trendy Châle -- et du Organic Cotton (encore!) en violet

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Bon et puis j’ai acheté deux trois bricoles en plus mais rien d’aussi photogénique…

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Above is my Big Apple Bounty, I can’t get over the psychedelic deer fabric, isn’t it the coolest? Look at the baby deer’s eyes! And the hallucinogenic mushrooms right next to him, that’s just too much! And of course, I’m still petting the yarns I got, they are so yummy I can’t stand it. In my next post, I’ll tell you a bit more about where I found these goodies.

Parée pour le prochain Trico’13

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Inspirée par le temps charmant...

Le thème sera donc le Trendy Châle, comme par exemple celui généreusement proposé par Melle Sophie! Le tuto est:

Et on clique sur l’image pour l’inspiration!

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I am ready for my next Trico’13 challenge! Next month the theme is the “Trendy Shawl.” For a simple yet stylish idea, click on the photo above!

AAAAAARG!!

Knitpicks Andean Silk in Slate by karen_d (Flickr)

Knitpicks Andean Silk in Slate by karen_d (Flickr)

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I ran out of yarn on my secret break-from-all-the-bootie-knitting cardigan! I decided to make a larger size, and I’m now short ONE measly ball of Knitpicks Andean Silk.

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Evidemment je suis à court de laine Soie-Alpaga pour finir mon gilet secret. Il me manque UNE malheureuse pelote!!

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Of course, since I can’t just wait for the postman knitting nothing, can you guess what I’m working on in the meantime?? YES, more booties! (but I promise I’m in control! it’s all part of a master plan!)

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Et bien entendu, je ne vais pas rester les bras croisés à attendre le facteur, donc que tricote-je en attendant, je vous le donne en mille? OUI, encore des chaussons de bébé. (mais promis c’est sous contrôle, ça fait partie de mon plan génial)

Orange Mohair is a good thing

I’ve had 7-8 balls of this orangey-red mohair in my stash for about a year now, and I haven’t been able to decide what I should do with it. The mohair has been reminding me of its presence whenever I’m about to start a new project, taunting me with flashes of orange fluff everytime I open the yarn bin, and I’ve been developing guilty feelings toward it (it was a present from my mom).

The thing is, I’m not usually a big fan of “hairy” yarns, and I had this idea that mohair wouldn’t be fun to knit, and let’s be honest, I just couldn’t picture myself wearing a mohair sweater.

Until… I went to the Belgian city of Gand (which is a beautiful, beautiful place to visit by the way) and while checking out a LYS, I saw the store lady knitting with something that looked a lot like my orange mohair (turns out it was the same exact yarn). She explained that she was making another shrug just like the one she was wearing… which was actually pretty cozy and funky-looking. When she offered to write down the pattern for me, I knew it was meant to be. Ok, so the pattern is in Flemish (Dutch, basically) but I’ve been able to figure it out so far, as it’s a very simple pattern. And mohair isn’t all that bad to knit with, really, I think the shrug will turn out ok in the end.
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Here’s a sneak peek… Stay tuned!

La Lainière de Wazemmes

We just returned from a day trip to Lille, which is very close to Brussels. It’s always weird being able to cross the border so easily, you just drive by a big European roadsign announcing the entry into France. Unfortunately, Lille was just swarming with holiday shoppers (including amazing numbers of British people) so trying to accomplish some Christmas shopping was not an easy feat. Not to mention the weather was atrocious.

My main goal for this trip was to check out a yarn store i’ve been reading about in French knitting blogs, a must-see for thrifty knitters, apparently full of huge bags of discounted yarn everywhere. It’s called La Lainière de Wazemmes, and they have a website here.
I was slightly disappointed because they don’t have a lot of all-natural yarns, which is what usually interests me. Mostly they have blends (like, 20%, 30% alpaca or cashmere, and the rest is just wool or acrylic). Apparently they do have luxury yarns from time to time but they get bought immediately.
*However*
I did manage to purchase the last few balls of a really affordable black cashmere/merino blend, and also one that had a touch of golden lurex in it. Actually it’s on their website here, but people! I bought all of it, so don’t bother!